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20859---Bamboo and Festooning Vine Along the Rio Grande, Panama Canal Zone,
There are several varieties of bamboo Nature kindly provides for them a ham-
growing on the Isthmus of Panama. One mock, which they need not carry from
kind. is very useful to the natives in build- place to place.
ing their huts. It is light and strong, The Isthmus of Panama is well watered
round, and partly hollow. The vine that by many beautiful streams. The Rio
so beautifully festoons trees and bushes, Grande (G r e a t River), is about 30
is also a species of the bamboo. It is feet in width at the spot shown in the
found growing only along streams o f picture. The rainy season in this part of
water. The color of its foliage is a deep the American Zone continues for eight
glossy green. No person could drape months of each year. The bed of the
these trees as beautifully as nature has river is always full of water. During the
done it. The festooning forms such a dry season its supply comes from springs
mass of foliage that even a horse could which are shaded by luxuriant tropical
not break through it. So securely are growth. The reservoir that furnishes
these festoons fastened that one can lie the city of Panama with an abundant
down on them, as in a hammock. Some- supply of pure water, receives the waters
times the monkeys curl up on a masst of of the Rio Grande. This Reservoir is ten
these festoons and go to sleep. The miles distant from that city.
. ,breeze gently swings them to and fro.
Copyright 1907, by Keystons View Compasns.
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